Former JUI-F senator nominated as K-P governor

Former Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) senator Haji Ghulam Ali is expected to become governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sent a summary on Wednesday to President Arif Alvi for the appointment.

The appointment of the former senator, who is the father-in-law of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman's daughter, will be confirmed after the president's approval.

The party chief had nominated Ghulam for the post that had fallen vacant since Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Farman had stepped down soon after Shehbaz was sworn in as the prime minister in April earlier this year.

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The ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has also agreed on the name of the former JUI-F senator.

Haji Ghulam Ali had earlier served as the mayor of Peshawar and his son Zubair Ali was elected as the mayor of the provincial capital in local body elections held last December.

Since Farman's resignation, K-P Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ghani has been serving as the acting governor of the province whereas Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan was made the speaker of the provincial assembly.

The province has been without a permanent governor for the past eight months. 

Earlier, Farman had announced that he would step down from his office if Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the country’s premier.

Since joining the PTI in 1995, Farman was elected to the provincial assembly, while remaining a minister from 2013 to 2018.

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